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KUSA temporarily suspend all activities due to health emergency.

Kosovo has confirmed cases of infection with Corona Virus COVID-19, therefore; due to the precautionary measures taken by the Kosovo Government and Kosovo Health Authorities, KUSA announces the temporary suspension of all activities from 03/16/2020 until further notice.

KUSA Staff will be active and respond to all emails, so feel free to write or contact us anytime.

You will be notified accordingly via e-mail and from our Facebook page when the activities start again.

Safety is currently a top priority. Stay safe!

American Arts Incubator – Kosovo

The National Museum of Kosova, in collaboration with ZERO1, U.S. Embassy Pristina, Kosovo, and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce the open call for participants in American Arts Incubator – Kosovo.

AAI — Kosovo consists of a series of art and technology workshops taught by visiting American artist Lori Hepner focused on addressing youth empowerment, the development of collaborative team project prototypes, and an open house to share participant creations with the public. Participation in the incubator is free of charge. Participant teams will receive small grant funding to develop their collaborative project prototypes. The program will be held at the National Museum of Kosovo from March 6 – 29, 2020.

More information about the project and application, you can find on the link:
https://kosovomuseum.wixsite.com/aaikosovo?fbclid=IwAR3383rgowh3QDpRnRfs1Zk3RQ2pxivb_1fQqnT_KNO86aqXMOaV8Zp3jGU

ALUMNI TALKS

Each year, KUSA aims to create an engaging environment for our Alumni and encourage them to contribute towards civil society involvement and development with regards to Kosovo’s reform efforts in economic, social and cultural spheres. One activity that fosters this principle is Alumni Talks. 

Alumni Talks is an annual activity, held four times during the year. It is designed with the idea of providing our Alumni members a platform to voice their thoughts, opinions or concerns with the U.S. Embassy. Based on the topic, participants will meet with representatives of different sectors of the Embassy. For instance, if the topic is Education, participants will discuss with policymakers from that sector.

In 2020, KUSA talks will be organized during the months of March, June, September, and December. Each month will have a different thematic. The topics for this year are organized as follows:

Education

Depolitization and Institutionalization

Environment and Energy

Kosovo Security Sector

If you have something to say in relation to the topics mentioned above, you are welcome to join our Alumni Talks sessions. This is a great opportunity for Alumni to network with different sectors of the Embassy, as well as meet Mr. Philip S. Kosnett, the US Ambassador to Kosovo. 

HOW TO APPLY?

To become a participant of Alumni Talks, you have to fill out an application form where you state your:

Contact information

The study program

Field of interest

Short description of the issues you want to discuss related to the topic.

We host up to 10 Alumni for each session. All alumni are eligible to apply regardless of your program. Alumni will be chosen based on the quality of their idea they will present on the application form.

KUSA Networking Event 2019

On December 20th, 2019, the annual “KUSA Networking Event” took place in Prishitna to gather all KUSA members and partners. Everyone that was once part of the U.S.Government – funded programs and has turned back to Kosovo can be a member of our vast community.

 At the end of every year, KUSA Networking Event serves as a networking and socializing platform for our members and partners to discuss what they have been up to during the year.  

The Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, Nick Jacobbe, spoke at the opening of the event. He emphasized the importance U.S. Alumni engagement in their communities.

 “For some of you, this is through volunteering and direct involvement in community activities.  For others, making a difference means working to make the government institutions more transparent, and helping deliver services to citizens more efficiently.  Other alumni are developing new technology, building a better business environment, and improving the education system. Whatever alumni are doing, and wherever they are in the world, they are applying the experience they gained in the United Sates to finding creative solutions for challenges at home.” Said Chargé d’Affaires Jacobbe.

Through different KUSA activities and projects, the Alumni could get involved and apply their U.S. experience in their communities.

For showing great engagement in various KUSA projects, Nora Latifi Jashari was awarded with the KUSA Alumni of the Year Award and Erblin Hoxha with the KUSA Emerging Leader. We are happy to mark yet another successful year for KUSA!

“Prishtina School Clubs” Fair

On September 27, 2019, KUSA hosted students from all over Prishtina at the “Prishtina School Clubs” fair, where KUSA alumni, local companies, students and parents discussed what activities are possible at the new afterschool Technology, Debate, Art, and Outdoors clubs. The curriculum and club guideline developed by KUSA members and experts of the field was distributed to the teachers who were thrilled to start implementing it.

Makerspaces such as Bonevet and FARA Workshop were the main attraction of the fair, with young tech enthusiasts eager to learn more about AI, robots, 3D printers, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the “Prishtina School Clubs” project established extracurricular school clubs in all Prishtina area primary schools, based on KUSA alumni’s own experience on exchange in the U.S., where extracurricular activities and afterschool clubs are woven into the fabric of everyday student life.

Education Program – ARTEEN Club

Through this grant, the National Gallery of Kosovo tried to engage the young people in productive and artistic activities. Being part of this club gave them the chance to perform a number of activities that often are not included in the school curricula in our schools. The participants were exposed to many forms of creative arts such as photography, art installations, video art, lectures, zine, and visits to art exhibitions. All of these activities gave the young artists the chance to express themselves and to get more information about the visual arts that are applied today.

At the end of the project, an exhibition with all the artwork from the young people was held. There everyone showed the enthusiasm that has followed the project on every step and the happiest were the ARTEEN Club members, whose artistic creations left everyone in awe.

Inauguration of MediaLab!

Journalism Department of the University of Prishtina inaugurated MediaLab, which will be a space for journalism students to practice theoretical lessons and have the opportunity to use all the necessary equipment on pursuing their future carriers as professional journalists.

Representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, The Dean of University of Prishtina, professors, students and media were all present at the establishment of MediaLab to witness the beginning of a new area for the UP, as students from now on can use this special classroom to further their education.

This project is part of the University Support Grant Program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina and administered by KUSA.

Tour at the National Gallery of Kosovo!

Members of Art Club had a special visit at the National Gallery of Kosovo. They were able to see two exhibitions that are currently being exhibited in the National Gallery. The pupils from different schools of Ferizaj, Kaçanik and Shtërpcë were curious and showed great interest in the Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition as they popped many questions regarding the artwork.

This activity is part of the “Alumni Engagement through Extracurricular School Activities” project.

KUSA thanks the National Gallery of Kosovo for its willingness to contribute on this activity.

Know Your Rights!

Since the approval of the “Law on the environmentally endangered zone of Obiliq and its surroundings”, it has been little discussed about the process of the implementation of the law.

In order for the inhabitants of Obiliq to know the rights this law brings to them, this small grant launched an informatory webpage called ligjiperobiliqin.info and organized round table panel discussion.

Through the establishment of the open-data webpage, the local communities and CSO can get informed in detail about all the aspects of the policies under this law and are provided with visual and simplified information on the 12 Articles deriving from the Law of Obiliq. This platform now can be used as a window where you can read or share your opinions, complain or ask any question related to the Law of Obiliq.

A round table panel discussion was also organized, where were present local decision-makers and representatives of institutions responsible for the implementation to talk about the challenges of the implementation of the articles that come out of this law.

IBSE Training Serving the Science Teachers – University Support Grant Program

Yesterday, Faculty of Education, University of Prishtina, held an award ceremony for the teachers who attended the “Training of Inquiry Based Science Education Trainers serving the Science Teachers”.

The IBSE training was offered to FE science staff by professors from the Indiana University with the purpose to improve the education system in Kosovo.
This project was part of the University Support Grant Program.